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Discover Natural Transylvania

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the Rogow Room. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library.
For more information contact Marcy Thompson 828-884-3151 x1820 or marcy.thompson@transylvaniacounty.org

Thursday, May 3–6:30 pm “Heirloom Herbals” with Laura Gardner, Certified Clinical Herbalist.

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Wildflower Walks in Black Mountain

Coordinator: Jim Poling (jnpoling@icloud.com)
Leaders: Anyone who loves Wildflowers
Next Wildflower Walk will be Thursday May 10, followed by June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13.

Most of our walks are local—Montreat, BMT Recreation Park, Warren Wilson College. We will take one or two trips to the Parkway. Meet at Lake Tomahawk Parking Lot on Rhododendron Ave. Black Mountain, NC . We will carpool to another location where there are wildflowers!

Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway

Greenway Improvement Day April 17th
Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the Greenway on the 17th. Conserving Carolina will lead one group that will meet at the Berkeley Mills parking area and go south. The City of Hendersonville will lead a second group that will meet at the 7th Avenue Parking area and go north. Both groups will meet at 10:00. Bring a water bottle, and a pair of work gloves if you have them.

Greenway Pollinator Planting April 21st
Help the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway and the Hendersonville Tree Board plant more pollinators along the Greenway. We will meet in the Berkeley Road parking area near Mud Creek at 9:45 and should be finished by noon. Bring a trowel or small shovel if you have one, drinking water and gloves. In the event of heavy rain on the 21st, we will plant on April 28th.

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter Hikes


We will meet at 9:00 and hike the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. Turn right at trail intersections and return to the parking lot via the “backside” of the loop. The trail is a 2.7 mile loop and is rated strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and pack plenty of water and a lunch.

DIRECTIONS: South Mountains State Park is located in Burke County, 20.5 miles south of Morganton. From I-40, turn south on NC 18, travel 11.1 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1913 (Sugarloaf Road). Take SR 1913 to Old NC 18 4.3 miles and turn left. Travel 2.7 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1901 (Ward’s Gap Road). The park is 1.4 miles off SR 1901 on SR 1904 (South Mountains Park Avenue). Travel one mile from the beginning of South Mountain Park Avenue to the South Mountains State Park gate. Once you enter the park pass the visitor center and continue to the main parking area at the end of the road. I will be driving a brown Subaru Outback.

APRIL 27-29 – NCNPS SPRING TRIP- Franklin N.C. – see NCNPS webpage for more details


We will meet at 9:00 and quickly run a shuttle to the other end of our hike. The hike will be fairly moderate. We will hike about .5 miles up to the ridge and then follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea trail southward towards Bull Gap and the shuttle car at Ox Creek Road for a total of about 3 miles. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

DIRECTIONS: From Asheville get onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and head northward. Just before the Tanbark Tunnel you will see a dirt pull-off at approximately milepost 374. 4. Park in this pull-off area. If you go thru the tunnel you went too far.


We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. We will hike approximately 3-3.5 miles – mostly the Hollow Rock Trail. Please not that all the trails at Rocky Face are strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and food. We will eat lunch at the top and enjoy the beautiful view before looping around and heading back down.

DIRECTIONS: This is a difficult place to find, please use your GPS. The address is:
Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area
3451 Rocky Face Church Road
Hiddenite, NC 28636


For directions: 5920 Hagan Stone Park Road, Pleasant Gardens, NC 27313


We will meet at 10:00 at the parking area for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail. We will focus on the many fern species that are along the trail and learn about key features that will help with fern identification. The U.S. Forest Service describes the trail “as a figure eight pattern. On the lower slopes it traverses through an acidic cove forest dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), black birch (Betula lenta), yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava), and sadly dead eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). The upper slopes along the trail support a rich cove forest dominated by tulip poplar, yellow buckeye, basswood (Tilia americana var. heterophylla), red oak (Quercus rubra), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), and cucumber-tree (Magnolia acuminata).” Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink. After the hike we can have lunch in the picnic area and possibly explore another trail if people feel up to it!

DIRECTIONS: From Robbinsville, take HWY 129 N for 1.5 miles to the junction with HWY 143 W (Massey Branch Road). Turn left and proceed west on HWY 143 for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto Kilmer Road. You will drive for about 7.3 miles and arrive at the top of Santeelah Gap and the junction with the Cherohala Skyway. Bear to your right and continue for another 2.5 miles to the entrance of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Turn left into the entrance and proceed about one half mile to the parking area.


We will start at the Craggy Gardens picnic area and follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea Trail to where it crosses the BRP near the Graybeard Mt. Overlook. This will be about a 3 mile hike. At the end of the hike we can do an optional and short hike, 1.4-mile roundtrip, to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.

DIRECTIONS: We will meet at 9:00 at the Craggy Gardens Picnic area. From Asheville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north, approximately 15 miles past the Folk Art Center. At milepost 367.6 you will see the sign and road to the Craggy Garden Picnic area. Park and meet near the restrooms. We will run a quick shuttle to the Graybeard Mt. Overlook at MP 363.4 and then start our hike!


We will meet at 9:00 at milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a grassy area for cars to park. But be careful and do not block the gate. The hike is along an old gravel road and gradually climbs to an old fire tower. The hike is moderate and about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The view is spectacular and there are several other side trails to explore! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

SEPTEMBER 14 – Friday – IVESTOR GAP TRAIL “Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five-mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.” The 5.1 mile roundtrip hike is rated moderate. Weather can change quickly especially at these elevations so come prepared and bring plenty of water and food. After the hike we can visit the hanging bog at Wolf Mt. overlook along the BRP.

DIRECTIONS: We will meet at 8:00 at the parking area on the Art Loeb Trail trailhead, located halfway down Black Balsam Knob Road from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do not go all the way to the end of the road! Look for the NCNPS sign at the parking area. Parking can fill up quickly, so you may want to come a little early to get a spot!

15 – Saturday – NCNPS COASTAL FALL TRIP – Details coming later on the NCNPS webpage.

Contact botanynerd89@gmail.com for more details or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds


Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage – Great Smoky Mountains

April 24 – 28, 2018 – registration opens March 1.
More info: springwildflowerpilgrimage@gmail.com

NC native Plants SocietyNorth Carolina Native Plant Society Spring Outing

April 27-29, 2018 in the southern mountain town of Franklin, NC. There will be a Friday afternoon hike for those arriving early, hikes Saturday morning and afternoon, and half day hikes on Sunday morning. Gary Kauffmann will be the speaker on Friday night giving an overview of plant communities in the Franklin area, and Brent Martin will be the speaker on Saturday night telling us of William Bartram’s journeys in this area. Hike leaders will be Gary Kauffmann, Brent Martin, Larry Mellichamp, Mark Rose, Dan Pitillo, and others.

General Questions? Email Lisy McLeod at Lisy@ncwildflower.org;
Hike Questions? Email Jean Woods at jeanw@ncwildflower.org

Georgia Botanical Society Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

May 4-6, 2018, in Thomaston, GA.

Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

May 8-12, 2018
More info:  info@mypigeonforge.com

Third Annual Pisgah Pride Day 

May 5, 2018
Volunteers will meet at the Ranger Station between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th. Groups will head out with their crew leaders by 9:00 sharp. The crews will wind up their work by about 2:00 p.m., and we will get together afterwards at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., Brevard, N.C. Volunteers do not have to be members of any affiliated organization to work on Pisgah Pride Day, but must register beforehand. To sign up, go to www.pisgahconservancy.org/how-you-can-help/pisgah-pride-day.html

Most work crews will convene at the Ranger Station on Highway 276 and disperse to a number of different locations to perform trail work, treat invasive species, pick up trash, and — this year — raise a new Ranger Station sign. Groups will be working on the US276 corridor, trails in the Turkey Pen Gap area, Mt. Pisgah Trail, Avery Creek Road, Sycamore Flats, and more.

Southern Highlands Reserve 2018 Native Plant Symposium
May 19, 2018 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Southern Highlands Reserve, 558 Summit Ridge Road, Lake Toxaway NC

This year’s Symposium will feature topics related to pollinators and the critical role they play in the balance of ecosystems of every scale, from the plant communities in our backyards to the overall health of our planet. Joining us to discuss pollinators and their role as our partners in sustainability is Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Emeritus Professor of Botany and Horticulture at UNC-Charlotte and the Director of the UNC-Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens and Tom Tribble, President of the Elisha Mitchell Chapter of the Audubon Society. Registration is $95 and includes continental breakfast, educational sessions, luncheon and Please mark your calendars and register early as space is limited to 35 participants. For more details: info@southernhighlandsreserve.org or 828 885-2050

2018 Crum Workshop and Foray
May 27-June 1, 2018.
Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC.

Want to learn more about mosses? Mornings will be dedicated to field trips and collection of specimens. Afternoons will offer lab time. Bring your own microscope and enjoy the process of identification in a group setting. For details, contact the organizers, Becky Smucker (bjsmucker@gmail.com) or Jim Goldsmith (jim@goldsmithdews.com). To register for the foray: http://www.montreat.org/crum/ Space is limited

Wildflower Whimsy – Highlands Biological Station – Date TBA

cullowheeThe Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

July 18 – 21, 2018 – Registration Will Open April 1

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.





NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events


bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for reservations


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com